Category Archives: Wales

Pass of Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales

Pass of Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales

Just round the corner from The Peak District National Park…sort of! This is a photo of a mountain road in Wales. The Pass of Llanberis runs through the mountains providing a spectacular view, and runs past Mt Snowdon

To take the photo, I scrambled up the side of the mountain to get a decent view, and also to get me off the road! And I used a 200mm lens, which helps give that kind of aerial view.

I was on a bike and it can be a bit scary as there is no hard shoulder that cyclists can use, so traffic comes round a sharp bend and sees a cyclist in front of them….I especially hated the tourist busses and lorries because you could hear them a mile off, but they took forever to reach you, so you are forever looking over your shoulder!

View towards Bala, Wales

View towards Bala, Wales

This is the view from a country road heading towards the town of Bala in Wales. Taken on the same trip as the Peak District photos, a few weeks apart from each other.

I was cycle touring and looking for a place to sleep…I was prompted to stop because of the wonderful views, and at the same time I spotted a pine forest to my right with a gravel road leading into it. When you are on a bike and you want to take photos, there is not the time to amble into a town, find a place to stay, and come back again to take some photos. And that is partly the fun and enjoyment of cycling, you can stop…take a load of photos, often in a place where you would never spend much time or even stop. Then when the sun is going down, just pitch a tent for a nights kip and amble into town the next morning….hell for some, I admit…but heaven for others!